Monday, February 17, 2014
Jazz band Snarky Puppy returns to DFW this week for first time since Grammy
At the two shows, they plan to play music from their coming-soon album.
The band's newest album, called We Like It Here, will be released a week later, on February 25. The album is named in honor of the 18 countries Snarky Puppy visited in 2013. The band has already released a song on YouTube from the new album. (See it below, and tune into their YouTube channel to see a new song each Monday.)
The band started with a core group of University of North Texas jazz students, many who were part of the school's esteemed One O'Clock Lab band. Though Snarky Puppy had been making waves in the jazz community for years, its first Grammy a few weeks back was a career-changing moment, band leader Michael League told me.
In addition to releasing videos, League said the band will release sheet music for every song on We Like It Here.
He explained that the new album is "probably our most explorative album yet in terms of composition and improvisation." The band took influences from Afro-beat, forró, dub-step and more, League said via email.
Feb. 18 and 19 are the band's first hometown shows since it won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance. The band's more than 25 members live in Texas, New York, England and Canada.
Snarky Puppy - Shofukan (We Like It Here)
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